"Baka Bukas" is a wonderful film that I propose you to discover. It features two talented actresses: Jasmine Curtis-Smith in the role of Alex and Louise de los Reyes in the role of Jess.
The story takes place in Manila in the Philippines. Alex, 20, is Jess's best friend and even if Alex is openly queer in her everyday life, she has never tackled this with Jess for whom she has always had feelings. When Jess discovers Alex's attraction to women, they find themselves confronted with their feelings for each other.
The movie was screened for the first time at the 2016 Cinema One Originals film festival and won three awards: the Audience Choice Award, Best Sound, and Best Actress award for Curtis-Smith.
It is inspired by the relationship of out author and director Lee and her partner.
"Baka Bukas is the story of what happens when you fall in love with your best friend. I conceptualized the film because I wanted to see a representation of the LGBT community that went beyond the portrayals that are shown in mainstream media. The characters in this film are fully flawed functional human beings. They are more than just an accessory to the plot, they are the plot," Lee told CNN Philippines.
"Baka Bukas", or "Maybe Tomorrow", was released on March 1, 2017, in the Philippines and is now screened at festivals. Do not hesitate to consult the Facebook page of the film for more information on screening dates: https://www.facebook.com/bakabukas